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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Oct 7, 2008 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

First off I love this band. I find good in all eras, some more than others. My first pick is usually going to be '72-'73, I've been known to be '77 snob. Sometimes though I don't have time for a 30 min Darkstar or 20 min+ Playin in the Band. This brings me to my point. I've been digging into 1987 this last week or so. I know there are heads out there who view this as sort of the beginning of the end, with influx of new fans and whatnot.

After '86, which by the way I don't know that I've ever listened to one note from that year, the Dead rose up like the ashes of Phoenix. Ok, sure there are not the big epic jams of previous years, but there is some tight as a gnats ass rock-n-roll. As far as dynamics and just pure old fashioned rippin' it up on the guitar, I think Jerry was spot on for the most part.

Yeah, the time thing I was talking about, sometimes when I'm running errands or driving to work or just out and about long jams can cause a dilemma because it seems when it's getting close to the peek I have to park the car. I really like the energy level of '87 as well. I have listened to some really fine recordings of this year as well. Here are some shows I think you all may enjoy.

3-3-87 (Quinn the Eskimo opener and the energy carries through the first set. Also notable is the first post-coma Mississippi Half- Step. Not as epic as '77's but there is a nice jazzy jam after the Rio-Grande part.)

3-27-87 ( BIODTL 24 beats for the score keepers and smokin Music Never Stopped. The best ever version of Touch of Grey, while not even close to 50th best Morning Dew, it's still a beauty. 2nd set Cumberland, the whole band is just tearing it apart.)

4-3-87 (Pounding China>Rider, Crazy Fingers>Samson, Space>The Other One. Short but charging.)

7-6-87 ( The day In the Dark was released and they don't play one tune from it. Gotta love these guys. Do check out Iko>Day-O>Man Smart with the Nevilles. Again, the energy really comes through on the recording.

This is all I have for now, any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Oct 7, 2008 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

I agree with you for sure- spring tour has bunches of nuggest- as well some good summer shows- with the 7/6/87 recco do not miss out on 7/8/87 in Pittsburgh I believe- as far as spring goes there were some very good scarlet fires- notably 4-2-87 and 3/28/87- i will check these dates as they do not sound exactly right- there is a killer show in philly on 3/30/87- that whole philly run is worth a listen- but the shakedown on 3/30 is exceptional- phil is very loud in the mix and he lays it down- 8/23/87 is another smokin scarlet fire at angels campp ca I believe

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Poster: NYVin Date: Oct 8, 2008 4:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

also 3-31-87 Philly spectrum is hot, a great Estimated and Terrapin....check it out

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Poster: byronious Date: Oct 7, 2008 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

I'm a big 77-78 fan. but if i had to choose it would be 87-88 as my favorite era. Maybe because that's when i first started hearing them. but i think there was just a special vibe goin on there that attracts me. looking forward to listening those selections. thanks

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 7, 2008 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

'87 is a great year for Jerry. 2 words: Lunt-Fontane. That's where I was the night of the crash back in '87.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Oct 7, 2008 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

Couldn't agree with you more. You've got to check out the '87 MSG run, particularly 9/18. That show has one of the best Dews ever, plus a very cool Good Lovin>La Bamba>Good Lovin to close the show. Classic stuff.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-09-18.sbd-remaster.cole.19002.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Oct 7, 2008 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

I knew I was forgetting something, yes the la bamba breakout and THAT Dew...It's great because I can here the whole thing on my way to work.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Oct 7, 2008 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

"THAT Dew" is right. It's a monster.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Oct 7, 2008 4:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When you ain't got the time, 87 is just fine

great selections.

also try the 4-4-87 combo of Playin>comes a time>hand jive